McDowell in three-way tie for second

McDowell in three-way tie for second

US Open champion Graeme McDowell was upstaged by world number 317 John Parry, who carded a second-round 67 to take the lead at the Austrian Open in Atzenbrugg.

McDowell held the clubhouse lead on seven under with Jose Manuel Lara only for Parry to overtake him with the joint-best round of the day.

The 23-year-old Challenge Tour graduate had a flawless round with five birdies to take top spot by one shot, but he admitted there was plenty of golf left to be played.

“It’s a bit early to be looking at leaderboards – we’re only in the second round,” said Parry, a Walker Cup team-mate of Rory McIlroy.

“It is a lead, though, so I’m happy going into the weekend in front. I’d always prefer to be in the lead than not.”

A good finish at the Diamond Country Club should be enough to secure Parry’s card for next season – something Lara is looking to achieve as well.

“I still feel young in myself, but there are many young Spanish guys coming up now and already have their cards,” said the 33-year-old, who could not match his opening 66 as he signed for a 71.

“I need to fight this year and that’s what I’m doing.”

McDowell, who is playing in his last event before next month’s Ryder Cup, birdied four of his first five holes after starting on the back nine.

Having dropped a shot at the 17th he claimed it back at the next and followed up with nine successive pars.

“It’s very much the old cliche of a game of two halves, this golf course,” McDowell told europeantour.com.

“This front nine’s quite tricky and you’ve got to drive the ball unbelievably well to have any chance of making birdies.

“On the back nine it’s a lot more three woods and hybrids off the tees which offers you a few more opportunities and I think the greens are a little flatter as well.

“I think I’m two over par for the front nine and nine under par for the back nine overall so I certainly know where I need to make up some shots on the weekend.”

Atzenbrugg Scores

136 John Parry 69 67

137 Graeme McDowell 69 68, Pelle Edberg (Swe) 69 68, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 66 71

138 Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 68 70, Danny Willett 69 69, Clodomiro Carranza (Arg) 68 70, Philip Golding 69 69, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 69 69

139 Chris Gane 69 70, Andrea Maestroni (Ita) 69 70, Alexander Noren (Swe) 69 70, Andrew Coltart 69 70, Simon Thornton 69 70, David Lynn 68 71, Matthias Schwab (Aut) 70 69

140 Gary Lockerbie 71 69, Benn Barham 71 69, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 72 68, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa) 68 72

141 Gary Clark 71 70, Sam Hutsby 69 72, Anders Sjostrand (Swe) 73 68, Todd Hamilton (USA) 73 68, George Coetzee (Rsa) 65 76, Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 66 75, Steen Ottosen (Den) 74 67

142 Martin Erlandsson (Swe) 73 69, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 76 66, Sion E Bebb 70 72, Luis Claverie (Spa) 71 71, Steven Jeppesen (Swe) 74 68, Birgir Hafthorsson (Ice) 73 69, Carlos Rodiles (Spa) 71 71, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 71 71, Jordi Garcia (Spa) 70 72, Marc Warren 71 71, Alastair Forsyth 74 68, Sam Little 70 72

143 Damien McGrane 67 76, Peter Baker 72 71, Julien Guerrier (Fra) 74 69, Javi Colomo (Spa) 68 75, Scott Drummond 71 72, Andrew McArthur 70 73, Rick Kulacz (Aus) 73 70, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 70 73, Benjamin Hebert (Fra) 70 73, Steve Surry 70 73, Manuel Quiros (Spa) 72 71

144 Marco Crespi (Ita) 75 69, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 70 74, Marco Soffietti (Ita) 71 73, Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 75 69, Andrew Tampion (Aus) 73 71, Ake Nilsson (Rsa) 72 72, Kalle Brink (Swe) 71 73, Oliver Fisher 71 73, Keith Horne (Rsa) 74 70, Richard Green (Aus) 72 72

145 Jamie Little 76 69, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 73 72, Leif Westerberg (Swe) 73 72, Robert Coles 73 72, James Mclean (Aus) 72 73, Julien Quesne (Fra) 69 76, Steven O’Hara 71 74, Mark Brown (Nzl) 77 68, Scott Hend (Aus) 70 75, Gary Murphy 73 72, Thomas Haylock 72 73, Raimo Sjoberg (Den) 72 73, Markus Brier (Aut) 74 71

146 Jose-Filipe Lima (Por) 72 74, Robert Rock 73 73, Marco Ruiz (Par) 74 72, Sven Struver (Ger) 71 75, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 77 69, Johan Axgren (Swe) 72 74, Simon Lilly (Gb) 74 72

147 Oliver Whiteley 76 71, Soren Juul (Den) 73 74, Kenneth Ferrie 72 75, Florian Fritsch (Ger) 73 74, Joakim Rask (Swe) 73 74, Gregory Molteni (Ita) 71 76, Niklas Bruzelius (Swe) 76 71, Andreas Hogberg (Swe) 75 72, Mark F Haastrup (Den) 78 69

Miles Tunnicliff 76 71

148 Martin Wiegele (Aut) 78 70, Francois Delamontagne (Fra) 72 76, David Drysdale 73 75, Carl Suneson (Spa) 76 72, Andre Bossert (Swi) 73 75, Max Kramer (Aut) 79 69, Phillip Archer 75 73, Benjamin Palanszki (Hu) 76 72

149 Ally Mellor 74 75, Henrik Nystrom (Swe) 72 77, Eirik Tage Johansen (Nor) 75 74, Andrew Marshall 72 77, David Dixon 75 74

150 Patrik Sjoland (Swe) 74 76, Jurgen Maurer (Aut) 75 75, Santiago Luna (Spa) 74 76

151 Peter Lepitschnik (Aut) 76 75, Alessio Bruschi (Ita) 79 72, Luke Goddard 76 75

152 Uli Weinhandl (Aut) 76 76, Paul Eales 78 74, Michael Moser (Aut) 82 70

153 Jason Palmer 72 81, Robin Goger (Aut) 74 79

154 Leo Astl (Aut) 76 78, Andrew Butterfield 79 75, James Ruebotham 77 77

155 Stephan Gross Jnr (Ger) 81 74, Alex Kleszcz (Aut) 81 74, Daniel Wardrop 80 75

156 Fredrik Ohlsson (Swe) 81 75, Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 73 83, Oskar Henningsson (Swe) 73 83

157 Michiel Bothma (Rsa) 80 77, Stanisiav Matus (Cze) 80 77

161 Christoph Pfau (Aut) 77 84

167 Dennis Kupper (Ger) 78 89

170 Chenxiao Duan (Aut) 88 82

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